about yoga therapy & terry roth schaff
- Schaff Yoga Therapy - Physician Referred Yoga
- Schaff Yoga Therapy is the practice of using yoga to treat ailments that range from neurological to musculoskeletal, along with a range of other conditions. Much of this work is conducted in conjunction with a physician and other medical professionals.
The differences between using yoga as therapeutic modality to address medical conditions rather than for overall wellbeing are significant. Yoga postures and sequences are often done in an asymmetrical manner (only on one side), and are adapted to address a patient’s condition. This often excludes a whole range of postures as they might actually aggravate rather than improve a condition.
- Terry Roth Schaff - IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist
- As a yoga therapist Terry Schaff uses yoga posture and yoga sequences to help people with medical conditions manage pain, balance muscles, strengthen bones, increase mobility, range of motion and improve posture.
When Terry joined the medical group at Manhattan Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (MPMR) in 2010 she had a yoga practice that stretched back more than thirty years. She brought a broad base of experience from teaching yoga to at-risk children, teens and college students to working with people living with neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and senior citizens facing health issues related to aging. Making the transition from yoga teacher to yoga therapist occurred under the direction of Dr. Loren M. Fishman, a physician who has used yoga in his medical practice for more than forty years and with the support of the team of physical therapists at Manhattan Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Terry has adapted the yoga therapy practice that she developed at MPMR to treat patients with neurological and physical limitations in a warm water pool. Her Warm Water Yoga program is recognized by the International Association of Yoga Therapists as a member school and is available to yoga teachers who want to become certified Warm Water Yoga instructors.